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Harry, 32, had chosen his beloved Botswana for this special visit, not only to celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday but also to mark their first year together.The fact that he chose a country which holds such a special place in his heart will fuel speculation that he may have decided to propose to Meghan on the trip.
"His main keeper has been working with Nico virtually on a daily basis since 1989 and has forged an extraordinarily close bond with him.This is the secret hideaway where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love blossomed - in front of a stunning backdrop of the African bush, overlooking the sparkling Boteti river.On Meghan’s first ever wildlife safari for her 36th birthday, the couple watched the sun set behind a spectacular vista of acacia thorn trees and green-backed herons fishing in the river.‘Later they went up the sandy path away from the main camp, hand-in-hand, to their prime spot overlooking the river.’Harry was widely expected to propose during their three-week holiday in Africa.Harry brought his first love, Chelsy Davy, to the same camp in 2007 when they slept under the stars and took game drives through the Central Kalahari reserve.At the time he said: ‘I’ve been lucky enough to visit Botswana for more than 20 years and I’m fortunate to be able to call it my second home.’Bush camps such as Meno a Kwena around the Maun area are popular with ‘glamping’ tourists en route to the Okovango Delta region, rich in wildlife.
Driving Meghan from the airport with his bodyguard on the eve of her August 4 birthday, Harry kept their destination a mystery to the end, promising only that it would be ‘unforgettable’.
Harry has witnessed the extraordinary change for himself.
On his earlier visits to Meno a Kwena – the name means ‘teeth of the ‘crocodile – he was told how water pumps had been installed to help keep wildlife alive.
Harry first visited the country when he was just 13, two months after his mother Diana died, and has made many return visits.
In January he agreed to become patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana.
On his latest trip, Harry did not take advantage of the sunset river cruises, game drives, or sessions on the camp’s floating hide, all of which are all on offer to guests in the nine tents.